[Ontbirds]Ottawa/Gatineau 31May04... Lazuli Bunting, Arctic Tern
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Mon May 31 19:05:44 EDT 2004
* 31 May 2004
- Birds mentioned
hotline: Ottawa Field-Naturalists' Club
date: 31 May 2004
number: 613-860-9000 press 2
to report: 613-860-9000 press #
coverage: Ottawa/Gatineau (Can. Nat. Capital Reg.), E.Ont., W.Que.
compilers : Chris Lewis
: Terry Higgins
: Colin Bowen colin.bowen at sympatico.ca
transcriber: Michelle Martin m.p.martin at sympatico.ca
internet : Gordon Pringle parula at magma.ca
OFNC BIRD STATUS LINE - MAY 31 2004 AT 5:30 PM
This is Chris Lewis reporting.
The most exciting bird this week was a 1st record for Ottawa - a
male LAZULI BUNTING 1st discovered at a feeder in the backyard at
11 Cherrywood Dr. in Bell's Corners on May 29th. The bird was
seen again on both the 30th and the 31st, most recently this
morning until at least 10:15, sometimes coming to the feeder but
also singing from the trees nearby. Please be respectful of the
homeowners in this very quiet residential neighbourhood.
A MARBLED GODWIT reported from the Alfred sewage lagoons on the
29th, was not subsequently seen; a separate report of a Hudsonian
Godwit came from here on the 29th and 30th, along with numerous
Semipalmated Plovers, approx. 200 Semipalmated Sandpipers, many
Dunlin, a Red-necked Phalarope and a Long-tailed Duck. Before
entering the lagoons, permission must be obtained from the
township office in Alfred.
Other noteworthy sightings included a Black-crowned Night-Heron at
Britannia on the 30th, several flocks of Brant moving through
along the Deschenes rapids all week, 6 White-winged Scoters and 4
Red-breasted Mergansers at Shirley's Bay on the 25th, a Ruddy
Turnstone along with a few Semipalmated Plovers, Semipalmated
Sandpipers, Least Sandpipers and Wilson's Phalaropes at the Embrun
sewage lagoons on the 30th, and 40 Dunlin, 3 Short-billed
Dowitchers and 3 White-rumped Sandpipers with several Least
Sandpipers at the Almonte sewage lagoons on the 24th.
Increasing numbers of Bonaparte's Gulls have been hawking for
insects over the Deschenes rapids since the 25th, with up to 140
counted on the 30th. Common Terns were reported from many
locations, with up to 6 at the Deschenes rapids on the 25th. The
FORSTER'S TERN found here on the 24th was seen again on the
morning of the 25th but not since then, and an ARCTIC TERN was
present on the afternoon of the 30th as well as this morning, at
this location. Black Terns were noted in small numbers from Parc
du Plaisance, Britannia, and Shirley's Bay until the 28th.
The Louisiana Waterthrush in Gatineau Park along the Waterfall
Trail near the Mackenzie King Estate was still present on the
29th. Single Canada and Wilson's Warblers were found at the ridge
in the Britannia conservation area on the 28th, a Mourning Warbler
was singing along Cambrian Rd. east of Cedarview Rd. on the 30th,
and numerous Blackpoll Warblers were heard throughout the Ottawa-
Gatineau area all week.
Thank you - Good birding!
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